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Richard Park Beard collection of ballet prints
Additional title: Richard Park Beard collection
Alophe, 1812-1883 (Artist)
Brandon, Lionel (Artist)
Cooper, Robert, fl. 1795-1836 (Engraver)
Gauci, M (Artist)
Herbert, John Rogers, 1810-1890 (Artist)
Lacauchie, Alexandre (Artist)
Lane, Richard James, 1800-1872 (Lithographer)
Sharp, Michael William, -1840 (Artist)
Zebel, G. (Engraver)
Beard, Richard (Collector)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1780 - 1869 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Madlle. Fanny Cerito of Her Majesty's Theatre; [London, John Mitchell, 1844] / painted by Lionel Brandon; engraved by G. Zebel -- Melle. Pauline Duvernay [facsimile signature; London, J. Dickinson, 1833; hand-colored] / [drawn from life by J.R. Herbert & on stone by R.J. Lane] -- Melle. Pauline Leroux; [Paris, 1841?] / Alex[an]dre Lacauchie; Lith. Rigo -- Melle. Marquet dans Marco Spada; [Paris, ca. 1860] / Alophe del. et lith. ; Imp. Auguste Bry -- Madlle. Mercandotti in Cendrillon; [London, 1822?] / [at lower right corner] proof ; painted by M.W. Sharp ; engraved by Robt. Cooper -- Madlle. Noblet in Cendrillon; [London, 1823?] / painted by M.W. Sharp; engraved by Robt. Cooper -- Mademoiselle Taglioni; presented with No. 5 of the Wonder, July 22nd, 1837 -- Marie Taglioni [facsimile signature]; The Musical Gem 1831; [London], Mori & Lavenu / M. Gauci lithog. ; printed by Hullmandel -- Oh qui goose-toe; Monsieur Vestris; [ca. 1781] -- Melle. Vibon dans le ballet de Vert-Vert; [Paris, ca. 1860] / Alophe del. et lith.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Bea 1-10
Cerrito, Fanny
Duvernay, Pauline Yolande Marie Louise, 1813-1894
Leroux, Pauline, 1809-1891
Marquet, Louise, 1830-1890
Mercandotti, Maria, active 19th century
Noblet, Lise, 1801-1852
Taglioni, Marie, 1804-1884
Vestris, Auguste, 1760-1842
Vibon, Mlle.
Cinderella (Choreographic work : Albert)
Diable amoureux (Choreographic work : Mazilier)
Marco Spada; ou La fille du bandit (Choreographic work : Mazilier)
Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Aumer)
Sylphide (Choreographic work : Taglioni, F)
Vert-vert (Choreographic work : Mazilier)
Ballerinas -- 19th century
Title devised by cataloger.
Acquisition: Gift; Robert James Wood II, 2010.
Biographical/historical: Most of the dancers in this collection are portrayed in full-length views, in costumes and poses associated with their famous roles. Although the ballet titles are not given on the prints of Pauline Duvernay, Pauline Leroux, and Marie Taglioni, Duvernay is represented in Jean Aumer's The sleeping beauty, Leroux in Joseph Mazilier's Le diable amoureux, and Taglioni in her signature role, La sylphide, in the ballet of the same title choreographed by her father Filippo Taglioni. The print of Auguste Vestris was doubtlessly intended as a caricature, as indicated by the caption's punning reference to his first name, the moneybag he carries in his left hand, and the pair of monkeys that imitate his pose.
Biographical/historical: Richard Park Beard, 1925-2009, the former owner of these prints, made his debut as a professional dancer with Ballet International in 1944, and subsequently danced with Ballet Theatre, Ballet Society, and the New York City Ballet. He also danced and choreographed for television and nightclub shows.
Forms part of the Richard Park Beard collection. Graphics.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : engraving, hand-colored ; oval visible image 21 x 15 cm., in mat 26 x 21 cm.
Extent: 1 print : engraving, hand-colored ; 25 x 17 cm.
Extent: 1 print : etching, aquatint, hand-colored ; 23 x 19 cm., plate mark 18 x 18 cm.
Extent: 1 print : mezzotint, b&w ; 33 x 26 cm., image 30 x 23 cm.
Extent: 2 prints : lithograph, b&w ; 29 x 22 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 4 prints : lithograph, hand-colored ; 34 x 25 cm. or smaller.
Several of the prints have been trimmed and have darkened with age and/or climatic conditions.
Images of the dancers Fanny Cerrito, Pauline Duvernay, Pauline Leroux, Louise Marquet, Maria Mercandotti, Lise Noblet, Marie Taglioni, Auguste Vestris, and Mlle. Vibon, as portrayed on mass-produced prints from the collection of Richard Park Beard. Though these prints are not unique, they contribute to an understanding of his interests and artistic tastes.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825550984
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759733
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c143f660-b19d-0133-c982-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1780: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1812: Creator Born
  • 1883: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Richard Park Beard collection of ballet prints